Grasping Grasp"ing, a. 1. Seizing; embracing; catching. [1913 Webster]

2. Avaricious; greedy of gain; covetous; close; miserly; as, he is a grasping man. -- {Grasp"ing*ly}, adv. -- {Grasp"ing*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • graspingness — noun see grasping …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • graspingness — See graspingly. * * * …   Universalium

  • graspingness — noun The quality of being grasping …   Wiktionary

  • graspingness — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Excessive desire for more than one needs or deserves: acquisitiveness, avarice, avariciousness, avidity, covetousness, cupidity, greed. Informal: grabbiness. See DESIRE, GIVE …   English dictionary for students

  • graspingness — n. greed, avarice …   English contemporary dictionary

  • graspingness — grasp·ing·ness …   English syllables

  • graspingness — noun ( es) : the quality or state of being grasping * * * graspˈingness noun • • • Main Entry: ↑grasp …   Useful english dictionary

  • greed — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. greediness, desire, cupidity, avidity, avarice. See gluttony, parsimony. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. greediness, avidity, selfishness, eagerness, avarice, voracity, excess, rapacity, gluttony, piggishness …   English dictionary for students

  • cupidity — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. greed, avarice, acquisitiveness, rapaciousness, graspingness, covetousness, want, hunger. ANT.: unselfishness, generosity II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Excessive desire for more than one needs or deserves:… …   English dictionary for students

  • grasping — adjective Date: 1710 desiring material possessions urgently and excessively and often to the point of ruthlessness Synonyms: see covetous • graspingly adverb • graspingness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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